Google shows different titles for my site

Last update: 23 June, 2016

If you’ve crafted nice titles for your blog posts, nothing is more annoying than Google showing another title for your site completely.

Google uses the search terms to highlight information in search results. To see the meta title and description without search term manipulation, use the site search operator followed immediately by the URL of your site.

site:example.com

If the site search titles or descriptions do not match, there are a few things that could cause this:

  • You’ve recently updated your title and Google hasn’t indexed the new title yet. If you type, in Google, cache: followed immediately by the URL of your site, you’ll see what Google has cached for your site. If that’s not up to date, go in to Google Search Console (former Google Webmaster Tools) and do a fetch as Googlebot for the URL, then submit it to the index, that should fix it quite soon.
  • Google doesn’t like your titles. This could be true for all sorts of reasons and the ways of Google are fickle… This article on why Google won’t show the right page titles tries to explain it.

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